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Happy New Year, everyone! To celebrate the new year, I’m going to try and start things off right and keep this week focused more on what I would consider academic titles. Higher level thinking type stuff. Unlike that last sentence…
Title: A.D. After Death
Author(s): Scott Snyder and Jeff Lemire
Publisher: Image Comics (2017)
Age Rating: 17+
The creative team of Snyder and Lemire should excite you right off the bat, but some of you might not yet be familiar with these guys, so I’ll give you a pass, but if you take the plunge and read comics/graphic novels frequently, you’ll know that these guys are the real. Personally, Jeff Lemire is in my top five artist/writers.
This book is epic. It’s not a quick read. Half prose and half traditional graphic novel, A.D. After Death tells the story of a man named Jonah that is part of a group of people that have taken a cure, causing them to basically live forever…or as long as they want to keep taking the treatment.
This one is hard to discuss because the book is about a ton of things. Not just thematically, this book has a lot going on, and much of the unfolding of plot does not come until late second and third act. Snyder and Lemire slow play this one a lot. I was going into the last fifteen pages wondering if I was going to get any sort of resolution. And it does not have a typical network television ending, so some readers will not like it. But I will say that if you are in for the majority of the ride here, you should be satisfied with how it plays out.
Without giving you a point by point plot summary, let me at least tease some of the more important/interesting plot points:
-Our protagonist, Jonah, in his old life, was a professional thief. Like big ticket stuff. Think film heist type stuff.
-Jonah’s mother’s death has a large impact on the story, even though his ability to live for centuries has affected his memory.
-A dying girl with a disease that keeps her from aging is the key to a couple different plot points.
-Most of our characters live well above sea level because there is a death/disease that plagues the Earth level.
Well constructed and original, make this title your next book club selection, and discuss. Invite me! I want to talk about this one with some of y’all! Especially the ending…
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